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The Indianapolis Colts will play the Tennessee Titans on Thursday Night Football tonight in a massive clash at the top of the AFC South division. The part of the season where the winners and losers are made is upon us and for the Titans if they are to have any chance of catching the Colts and stealing away the AFC South title they will need to win tonight. The game is scheduled to start at 8.25 p.m. ET and can be watched on the NFL Network or online through free live stream (details below).
The Colts are currently looking good at the top of the AFC South, coming into this game with a record of 6-3. They famously became the only team to date this season to take down Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos this season, and since then they have also managed to claim a close win over the Houston Texans, 27-24. However, last week they suffered a shock 8-38 blowout loss to the St Louis Rams.
If they lose again tonight, against their main division rivals, then things might start to look a bit shaky, and they will be desperate to avoid falling from 6-2 to 6-4 tonight against the Titans.
Meanwhile, the Colts were not the only ones to suffer a shock defeat in Week 10; the Titans also lost a great opportunity to close the gap on the Colts at the top of the AFC South by losing to the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars 27-29. The Titans became the first team this season to fall to the Jaguars, and that will have come as an unexpected blip in the Titans hopes to push for the division title. That lost dropped them to 4-5, and they will be hoping to get back to .500 with a win tonight against the Colts.
The Titans are suffering quarterback problems with Jake Locker's Lisfranc injury reportedly being a season ending injury.
Meanwhile, Andrew Luck will be a vital player in deciding this game. The Colts' quarterback is 183 of 311 for 2,198 yards and 14 touchdowns. However, Indianapolis must provide him with more protection tonight than they afforded him last weekend.
Against the Rams, it appeared that Luck was pressured far too often, and that was a big reason for the Colts' lack of penetration in offense. If they don't give Luck a better night tonight then they could well find themselves facing two straight losses at the wrong time of the season.
Thursday Night Football between the Indianapolis Colts and the Tennessee Titans will start at 8.25 p.m. ET and can be watched online through free live stream by clicking here.